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Ford Motor Company, Contract Professionals, Inc.  (CPI) and Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT)

Honor Ford Veterans at The Passenger


Waterford, Michigan – November 13, 2015 – The Ford Motor Company, Contract Professionals, Inc. and the Michigan Opera Theatre  are coming together to honor more than 100 Ford veterans, including WWII veterans and WWII prisoners of war on November 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Detroit Opera House during the final performance of The Passenger. Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger is a powerful, Holocaust-themed opera set during and after WWII.  


In addition to Ford veterans, Ford has also donated additional seats to host the Tuskegee Airmen and other veterans from Metro Detroit.


“The MOT, Ford and CPI want our nation’s veterans to be recognized for their extraordinary service to our country,” said Jim Cowper, President, CPI. “And the occasion couldn’t be more perfect, as The Passenger is an opera, which symbolizes the obligation we all have to extinguish man’s inhumanity against man.”


“MOT is honored to partner with CPI and Ford to recognize and express gratitude to Michigan veterans. The Passenger is a powerful reminder of man’s capacity for darkness, and underscores the importance of our nation’s serviceman,” said Wayne S. Brown, President and CEO, Michigan Opera Theatre.


In Weinberg’s opera, a West German diplomat, Walter, and his wife, Liese, are ocean-bound for a new posting in Brazil. Unbeknownst to her husband, Liese once served as an SS officer in Auschwitz. There’s another woman on the same cruise ship, a passenger who resembles Marta, a young woman who was interned at Auschwitz. Her presence haunts Liese. As the opera unfolds, the audience travels into Liese’s memory, descending from the elegant ocean liner to the dark world of the camp, its barbed wire and barracks and train-tracks. There, the cruelty of the overseer is matched by the strength and goodness of the prisoners. Guilt and denial, lies and truth, fear and courage, and unbreakable love, are the anchors of this artistic and emotional experience.



Michigan Opera Theatre (Wayne S. Brown, President and CEO; Dr. David DiChiera, Founder and Artistic Director), one of the nation’s most vibrant nonprofit arts organizations, is committed to presenting opera and dance of the highest artistic caliber. Founded in 1971, the company’s mission is to serve as a major cultural resource to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit. Visit the website at



Contract Professionals, Inc. was established in 1982. It is a privately held, veteran owned Michigan corporation headquartered in Waterford, Michigan with branch offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and Green Bay, Wisconsin. For more information please visit @CPIJobsInc